Discussion in 'Stock 2011 - 2019 Ford Explorer Discussion' started by Blue1ce, June 4, 2015.
Peter, apologies. I don't kow how to adjust the size
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Look great. They're very easy to replace once you realize there is an access door in the wheel well..... Turn your wheels all the way to one side and you'll see it.
Plug and play.
If you use a hoist, don't forget to straighten the wheels before driving off.
Thanks Britta!! I hate reading instructions lol
So the High Beam bulb is a 9005LL or HB3. Getting this one in and out is perfect for someone with small hands
I ordered LED high beam bulbs in HB3, and then I'll see how well they work.
A lot of HB3 LED have the extra info that they don't have the high beam function, beware of that!
They should be arriving next week.
The LED fog lights, on the other hand, look sooooo much better than stock (and yes, functionality can be argued about, but I don't get as much fog, thus the looks is more important to me at this point)!
I agree 100% but how the heck do you change the bulbs? Lol there's no room!!
Yes, you're right, getting one of the high beams out to confirm the number was not really the easiest thing ever done. Got my hand scratched up pretty bad and I think it's even a bit swollen Maybe a hint, if you have long arms, you can get your hand in there from the engine side, going underneath the metal and not the obvious way from the gap on top, there seems to be a little more space that way.
I hope that going through this next week with exchanging the bulbs will be the last time I ever have to touch them. If they don't work out, well, then the OEMs have to go back in
How hard was it to replace the fog lights? I don't even see them inside
Compared to the high beams a piece of cake.
You get to them from the front wheels (sorry, English is not my first language, so I'm especially not that fluent with technical or car related terminology). When working on the driver's side turn the steering wheel to the left, so that the tire points outwards. You'll see a little "door" which you can pry open with a screwdriver (lower side middle has the clip), or, what worked better for me, sliding it off to the side. Pull the connecter of the bulb, turn the bulb counterclockwise upwards and voila, there is the bulb.
LED fog lamp install & washer fluid tank on passenger side?
If anyone can post in their install results, if their pass. side fog bulb was too long & hit the washer fluid tank or something had to be modifed?
Some of the LED fogs are very bright and have a built in fan housing or heat sink in the back, making them long depending on manufacturer. I read that on the 2013 Sport it was an issue, anyone else have any issues ?
It could have been only that build of bulb since its not mentioned recently...
I didn't have to modify anything, it's just plug&splay. Since this is my first explorer I don't know where the fog lights were located in the previous models, but in the 16' there is enough dedicated space for the led bulb. Granted, the bulbs I got didn't have fan housing or heat sink.
Britta, do you have any pics to post of the H10 / 9145 fog lamps installed? I love everything about my 2016 but the halogen fogs. I have actually read reviews on amazon claiming the LED's being brighter than the halogens? How do you like them so far, aesthetically and functionally?
I can post pics later tonight. It was not really dark out, but you can still see the difference before/after.
But yes, I like them aesthetically much better, since they're more on par with the low beams. And yesterday's driving through rain and dark, it was perfect as well. They are definitely brighter, at least from what I can see. Thus, it does affect the normal use of fog lights negatively. Brighter light in fog not necessarily means more visibility. But I don't have a lot of fog during the year, so I disregarded it. I use the fogs together with my low beams most of the time.
Welcome to the Forum.:wavey:
LED lights apparently are brighter than the Halogen but not as bright as HID lamps which you wouldn't want if you plan to use them as 'Fogs'.
Thanks, Peter! I just picked mine up on Monday - upgraded from the Edge Sport. So I figured I would join the club. Thanks for having me!
As promised, the links to the pics.
Obviously a comparison, passenger side OEM, driver's side LED
I'll have to take some more pictures when it's dark and I remember about it
Looks good. I'd be curious to see how the light output would compare with the OEM ones when they come out.
How did you like the Edge Sport? I've been toying with the idea of trading my explorer sport for a 2015 Edge Sport only because I find the drivers seat to be more comfortable..I would only do it if the lease payment was cheaper though since I love my Explofer.
Brit, that looks excellent. Really good job! Mine get here tomorrow. Nice ride there, neighbor.
Alex, I really liked it until I drove the Explorer on Monday lol. Keep in mind that mine was the older body style (2013) so the 2015's could be very improved and refined. On the 2011-2014 Edge Sport: Those 22's are really just for show. The ride is not great (low profile tires) and the towing is limited to 2000 lbs due to that and the sport tuned suspension (i installed a hitch). It has good power for a naturally aspirated v6, but it's not an ecoboost. If I were to buy an Edge again, I would go with the limited, personally, or the SEL with the appearance package. The ride is so much better and if you want to tow a smaller boat or camper, you can up to 3500. But the Edge Sport is definitely the most sharp looking. Depends on what is most important to you. It looks like the 2015's aren't low-pro so I bet the ride is so much better. And now with the ecoboost in them, I bet all my gripes are solved. Great vehicle overall and hold their value really well for resale/trade.
I just came from a 2013 Edge Sport.. It was a good car and had zero problems with it, but I got jealous and mad I didn't go with an Explorer every time an Explorer Sport pulled up next to me..
Hi. how does the fog light output compare between them? Is the LED just as bright, or hopefully brighter?
Peterk9: Thank you! Yes, but need to find someone, or wait for someone, to order it, when the LEDs finally get available.
Ecobeast: Thanks neighbor Be sure to post pics, when you changed them!
NewYorkistanSux: The LED is brighter, my opinion while driving, and it blends in better with the low beams, which makes it a "seamless" light so to speak.
If you look at the first pic, the comparison, that I posted above, you'll see already what I mean, even though it's still in daylight the LED on the driver's side looks much brighter.
I received the same ones you used last night.. I'm going to try and install them myself if it is as easy as you say, but I am probably the least handy guy when it comes to this stuff as you'll come across, haha.